BLITZ: Upcoming Chess-Centered Shonen Manga Was Created In Conjunction With A World Chess Grandmaster

There are manga books about all types of sports and Blitz is taking the adventure to the table with a story focused on chess. To get it right they brought in a world chess champion and grandmaster!

There are an outrageous number of manga and anime series that focus on sports. Some examples of these are Ryoma! Prince of Tennis, Yuri on Ice, Haikyuu!, Kuroko's Basketball, Sk8, and countless others.

Blitz turns the attention from the physical side of things and focuses on mental battles. The new shonen manga is focused on chess and exactly how exciting the matches can be.

To ensure they got everything perfect for the manga, Ablaze worked with Chess grandmaster and World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov. It's Garry's first series, but you can find information about him and more in the below press release.


 

ABLAZE LAUNCHES THE NEW SHONEN MANGA SERIES – “BLITZ”

A high school student competes to become a chess champion in the new series featuring Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov

Portland, OR – Comics and graphic novel publisher ABLAZE dives into the tense and competitive world of chess as the setting for its new manga series launch – BLITZ – debuting on September 14 th .

From the pages of Shonen Jump, BLITZ is a new shonen manga that immerses readers into the “game of kings,” where intuition and mental agility are precious assets on the way to victory! Chess grandmaster and World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov, makes his manga debut in the series, written by Cédric Biscay and Harumo Sanazaki with artwork by Daitaro Nishihara.

BLITZ will be available in-print and digitally in North America, Australia, and the UK. ABLAZE titles are distributed in-print by Diamond Comic and Diamond Book Distributors. Vol. 1 will be available in comic shops on September 14 th , and bookstores on September 27 th .

For those with a taste for board games and exciting strategic maneuvers, we've included a fifteen-page preview ahead of the September release. Check it out below!

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What are your thoughts? Do you plan on diving deeper into the world of Blitz? Regardless, be sure to check out the trailer and synopsis for the manga below and share your thoughts in the usual spot!


 

Tom, a young high school student, has a crush on his classmate Harmony. When he learns about her passion for chess, Tom quickly decides to sign up for the school’s chess club. But he doesn’t even know the rules! To impress Harmony, he is left with no choice: he must learn quickly and train seriously.


Soon Tom discovers the existence of Garry Kasparov, the greatest player in the history of chess. He stumbles upon a virtual reality machine that promises to help him analyze the most legendary matches of the master! In an unexpected twist of event, Tom soon is granted access to the highest echelons of the chess world...


Blitz: Vol. 1 will be in comic stores on September 14th and in bookstores on September 27th.

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